The Fight to Preserve the Uighur Language

September 24, 2019

Hong Kong and China: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

September 04, 2019

President Xi Jinping, the modern-day emperor of China, clearly has a deep sense of history. On September 8, 2013, he gave a speech at Nazarbayev University in Almaty at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Xi quoted a Chinese saying — “ near neighbor is better...

Reassessing China’s Social Credit System

August 02, 2019

Wired takes a new look at China’s social credit system that has been nearly unanimously maligned in the West as a totalitarian tool that should frighten any freedom-loving citizen of a Western democracy out of his or her wits. The Chinese claim it is an efficient management tool. Wired clearly...

What’s Really Behind China’s Falling GDP?

July 20, 2019

The headlines grabbed attention: “China’s economy grows at slowest rate in nearly 30 years,” noted the Financial Times in a typical example. China’s GDP growth in the second quarter had slowed to 6.2%, the smallest gain since 1992, back when the country’s economy was first shifting into...

The Coming Uncertainty: US-Southeast Asia Relations in the Age of Trump

January 19, 2017

With President-elect Donald Trump taking office, the possibility of a declining US commitment to Southeast Asia has become a concern. This year will kick-start with, arguably, one of the highest-profile news stories in modern history: the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th president of the...

In a Post-Obama World

May 31, 2016

Obama is not only a pop-cultural phenomenon, but also a pragmatic leader. His successor will have to deal with a worldwide net of dependencies. At the end of his eighth and final address at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, US President Barack Obama pulled a “Kobe Bryant” when...

The Asia Pacific in 2016

January 01, 2016

Shu-Wen Chye provides a round-up of the Asia Pacific in 2015, and highlights what to look for in 2016. For many in the Asia Pacific, 2015 tested the political prowess and limits of the region. The year saw territorial disputes over the South China Sea; an imploding Rohingya refugee crisis in...

MH370 and Maritime Security: A Fresh Start for Cooperation?

The search for Flight MH370 has resulted in cooperation between countries locked in maritime disputes. By Sukjoon Yoon Since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 8, several countries have been participating in extensive Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian...

China is Marching West for Food

China's "Marching West" strategy has gained international attention. By Zhang Hongzhou As the United States pivots toward the east, China has launched the so-called "Marching West" strategy to avoid a direct confrontation with the Americans — a strategy first...

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